Dan Wright

Ringgold City Manager Dan Wright discusses road projects with the mayor and City Council during an Aug. 28 meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The city of Ringgold recently approved the paving of two roads in its downtown area, as well as a change order for a water valve issue related to the Alabama Highway widening project.

According to City Manager Dan Wright, the paving will be done on Tiger Trail and Cleveland Street, while the adjustments to other project includes a water main valve installation in the Ga. Highway151 widening project currently underway between U.S. Highway 41 and Holcomb Road.

"This particular paving request is for all of Tiger Trail, and then Cleveland Street from Nashville Street to Tiger Trail," Wright said. "It also includes striping and the stop bars. It's estimated that we're looking at about 365 tons of leveling, 483 tons of the super-paved recycled asphalt, or what we call 'topping', and then 400 gallons of tack."

The City Council approved bids for the work during the city council meeting on Aug. 28.

"The low bid was Talley Construction in the amount of $94,910.45," Wright said. "Of that total, $42,785.99 will be will be paid from this year's LMIG (Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant) funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), leaving us (the city) with $52,124.46 to be paid from the street budget, which we do have the funding available."

The water relocation change involves installing a valve on a water main that is currently in conflict with the ongoing widening project of Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway). The widening project also includes the revamp of two bridges on the stretch of road; the bridge above I-75 near at the 348 exit, and the bridge above South Chickamauga Creek near Walgreen's.

"Richard Akin, our city engineer from Rindt-McDuff Associates, showed us two different options to install a valve on a water main that is in conflict with Ga. 151 widening there close the Aunt Effie's and Walgreens area," Wright said. "Scott Black, our water distribution director, has requested that we go with option one, which is more expensive at $19,395, but it will allow us to install that valve that has been needed for years. It's an Inserta valve, which will allow us to not have to cut water off to several businesses.

The council unanimously approved both project items, and Wright says it will help the rest of the project run smoothly.

"It will be a whole lot easier on everyone involved if we can do it this way," Wright said. "We'll install the valve hot, and they'll still be able to have service."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.